4.5 out of 5 Stars
Thank you to Rockstar Book Tours for having my on the tour today!
In this hilarious follow-up to BEN FRANKLIN’S IN MY BATHROOM!, history and hijinks collide once more when Eleanor Roosevelt accidentally time travels to a ten-year-old’s home in 21st-century America!
When Eleanor Roosevelt time travels to Nolan and Olive’s house in modern-day Illinois, the kids don’t know who she is at first. After all, she’s old and wearing a hairnet. But the First Lady of the United States–some 80 years ago, that is– isn’t a mystery for long when she starts spouting things like “You must do the things you think you cannot do.” Fresh off a visit from Ben Franklin, Nolan and Olive know what they’re in for with this latest guest: an adventure. From drawing on ideals of civil protest to save the town park, to (almost) doing a loop-de-loop in a single-engine plane, to avoiding that know-it-all snoop Tommy Tuttle, there’s one laugh after the next in this second book in the History Pals series. Fun back matter expands the story and unpacks the amazing life of Eleanor Roosevelt.
I love a middle grade book that manages mix fun and education! This was such an entertaining story and perfectly mixes in some interesting facts about the life and accomplishments of Eleanor Roosevelt in a way that kids wouldn’t even realise that they’re learning!
There are also some fantastic lessons in this novel, as well. Eleanor teaches that helping your fellow man should be a reward in and of itself, and that,
“One merely need to remain calm and focused. By doing so, any job can be accomplished.”
While they hunt the streets for the lost dog, Fala, the kids learn things from the First Lady and Eleanor learns things from the kids. This teaches us that no matter your age, whether it’s past, present or future, we should always be open to learn new things.
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Candace Fleming awarded herself the Newbery Medal in fifth grade after scraping the gold sticker off the class copy of The Witch of Blackbird Pond and pasting it onto her first novel—a ten-page, ten-chapter mystery called Who Done It? She’s been collecting awards (her own, not Elizabeth George Speare’s) ever since.
Today, Candace is the versatile and acclaimed author of more than forty books for children and young adults, including the Los Angeles Times Book Prize honored The Family Romanov: Murder, Rebellion, and the Fall of the Russian Empire; Boston Globe/Horn Book Award-winning biography, The Lincolns; the bestselling picture book, Muncha! Muncha! Muncha!; the Sibert-Award-winning Giant Squid; and the beloved Boxes for Katje. She contributed the chapter on Katharine of Aragon to Fatal Throne. Photo credit: Michael Lionstar
Eleanor Roosevelt is in My Garage is Best Served with a Roosevelt Cocktail
- 1.5oz Dark Rum
- .75oz Dry Vermouth
- .25oz Orange Juice
- 1/2tsp Simple Syrup
- Orange Twist for Garnish
- Put all ingredients into a shaker filled with ice
- Shake until chilled
- Pour into glass